Leah Remini, who left the Church of Scientology in July, fears the church might make public her personal files, which contain 37 years worth of confidential information, The Hollywood Reporter said in a report.
The 43-year-old “King of Queens” actress is reportedly worried that her recorded confessions might be used to convince others to adhere to the church’s policy of disconnection, where church members are asked not to maintain contact with people who leave the controversial organization.
"When Leah and her family made the decision to leave the church after having been members for decades, the church immediately used disconnection against them in retaliation," Karen de la Carriere, one of Scientology's top executives before she left in 2010 after 35 years as a member, told The Hollywood Reporter. "Leah and her family were suddenly cut off from friendships that had lasted 20 years or more."
Carriere believes the church used personal information gathered from her to impose on her son -- Alexander Jenitzsch -- the policy of disconnection once Carriere left the church. Carriere and Jenitzsch remained estranged till his death in July, 2012.
But, a Church of Scientology spokesperson, Karin Pouw, told Radar Online that it is against the church’s policy to make any such confidential files public.
“The answer is unequivocally no because we do not release private and confidential information and never will,” Pouw said. “We have responded countless times to this tired, false and outrageous allegation made by a handful of obsessed self-promoters with transparent agendas.”
Pouw, in an earlier interview with The Hollywood Reporter, had also attempted to clear the air about the church’s disconnection policy, saying the church “has never had a policy which breaks up families.” This contradicts the statements made by several former members of the Church of Scientology, including Remini’s sister Nicole Remini-Wiskow, who left the church in 2005.
Keerthi Mohan is an IBTimes reporter covering entertainment and human interest stories.